Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Be Smart, Motivated and Successful

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Be Smart, Motivated and Successful

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

ONE in three of us admits that we need to change the way we work in order to succeed but many of us lack the motivation to do anything about it.

A lack of resources and senior direction combined with poor communication are also holding us back, leaving more than one in four of us feeling stressed and a similar number (27 per cent) enjoying our jobs less, according to the research from collaborative work management software provider Mindjet.

However, some no longer see the point of improving the way they work with nearly four in 10 (38 per cent) arguing that there is not much point in changing because no one cares or notices.

And the boss is doing little to help. That is why it is often up to individuals to find a ways to motivate themselves.

"The secret to self-motivation is to think about what motivates you and what it is about your job that provides you with the level of engagement you want," says Professor Nelson Phillips, chair in strategy and organisational behaviour, Imperial College London.

"People have had it pretty tough over the past two years, but it is important to stay motivated, as motivated and engaged employees are at the heart of business success and there is no time when this is more true than in tough economic conditions."

He says that part of the problem is that business leaders have become bogged down in cost-cutting and are failing to communicate a vision that "moves employees beyond the current downturn and excites them about the future. If you are not being motivated at work, then you can work out what motivates you and try to structure your work so you are better motivated," says Professor Phillips. "Take a bit of control and responsibility. It is very easy to wait for managers to do this -- but there is no reason why you cannot initiate change yourself."

NO COST OPTIONS Many changes to the way we work cost very little to implement, says Professor Phillips.

"It could be constructing a different work environment or a way of working," he says. "Think about how working differently will motivate you better and then communicate that with your boss. …

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